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1939 Amilcar Compound [B38]

1939 Amilcar Compound [B38] in Dédé la musique, Movie, 1939 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: FR

1939 Amilcar Compound [B38]

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Comments about this vehicle

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DidierF FR

2015-11-26 01:11

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It has something of a Hotchkiss, no?

eLMeR MH

2015-11-26 05:44

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I first thought about a Salmson S4DA, S461 or S4E (fr), but this kind of fenders was apparently used only after WWII...
It appears to be a model belonging to Hotchkiss indeed, but built by the then just taken over Amilcar make. It's a 1938-42 Compound B38 (fr, en), conceived by Mr. Grégoire himself:
[Image: brve-rencontre-amilcar-compound_4.jpg]

Look at the shape in front of the rear wheel arch. It would be hard to affirm that it doesn't match :)

-- Last edit: 2015-11-26 05:49:03

DidierF FR

2015-11-26 06:26

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Ah ben oui, bravo !

DidierF FR

2015-11-26 06:38

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According to DynaMike's comment it should be a 1939 because of the chromed headlights.

(Phare chromés annoncés sur la page fr.wiki que tu donnes, lors du "Salon de l'Auto 1939" qui, je crois bien, n'eut pas lieu, annulé pour cause de, oh, une broutille, guerre avec l'Allemagne. Peut-être faut-il comprendre "Salon 1938", pour les années-modèles 1939.)

eLMeR MH

2015-11-27 00:31

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Also linked en.wikipedia says:
Quote The first Compound, the Compound B38, was presented at the 1937 Paris Motor Show, but production was delayed by difficulties involving the car's light metal panels, which still represented a very new technology. Series production only got underway a year later. Nevertheless, 35 of the cars were produced during the final quarter of 1938, and through 1939 production built up progressively, with 576 Compounds produced that year. A further 64 were produced during the early months of 1940 [...]

As long as the article of Automobilia used as source was itself well sourced, this makes it indeed at least a 1939 vehicle.

This said, the 3 sources I linked (there is also a link on the picture) are not coherent about some details like the B67 unveiling and specs or about the first year of the utilitarian versions. So, keeping in mind that DynaMike talks about the convertible model, which may have had a different trim, and that all the information of the fr.wikipedia is apparently based on a single article of the Retroviseur magazine (which often favorizes shiny pictures over the content of the articles), we should certainly only use the chrome headlamp as "plan B clue", here :)

The few more details given here and here don't help a lot, unfortunately (both links fr. Without anchor, so you'll have to scroll down until almost the end of the articles, sorry).

-- Last edit: 2015-11-27 00:34:56

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